Brethren I have so many thank-yous to make and I haven't opened a single Christmas present yet!
Thank you to everyone who attended the Installation Meeting at The Iron Bridge Lodge on Saturday morning - a huge crowd and a most enjoyable ceremony. Of course I'm usually at the transmission end of the Address to the Master rather than the receiving end - it was very special for me to have the PrGM presiding and presenting that address.
As Chairman of the 2019 Festival in aid of The Freemasons' Grand Charity may I thank you all for your wonderful generosity over the past two and a half years. You have enabled us to bank £525,000 - over halfway towards our target. To everyone of you who has helped arrange or participated in fund raising events; to everyone who has donated using whatever method; to those who have biked, hiked, cut off your pony tails or eaten curries. Thank you.
And to you all, a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year.
Deputy Provincial Grand Master.